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Health Benefits of having Yogurt !!

Don’t you all just love taking a spoonful of yogurt in your mouth and gulping it down? The heavenly sort of feeling you get as the cold jelly liquid starts flowing all the way down to your tummy. During summer times, a nice cup of cold yogurt can do the heavenly trick of cooling your whole body. Flavored yogurts might be one of the foods there is especially the strawberry flavored yogurts. Mmmm.

Add in some fine salt and let the taste unlock your heart’s vault. Add in some sugar and you couldn’t ask for any other delicacy better. A little yogurt never hurts. I'll stop with the rhymes now, got a little carried away. But did you guys know that this delicious jelly liquid could also benefit you by shielding you from so many diseases? Well if you didn’t, here is a tiny list of the wonders yogurt can do to aid your body in fighting off some serious diseases. Read and find out 

Yogurt can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes !!

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Yogurt could reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes !!

Researchers discovered that yogurt consumption decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes when compared to those who didn’t consume yogurt dairy products are known to be an important source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. However, they can also be a source of saturated fat which dietary guidelines highly recommend that people don’t consume these products in high quantities. Instead, a better alternative for it could be to replace them with a lower fat alternative.

A study was carried out which included more than 25,000 men and women. It compared a detailed record of the food and drinks consumed over a week at the time of study entry among 753 people who developed new-onset type 2 diabetes over a span of 11 years.   This allowed the researchers to examine the risk of diabetes in relation to the consumption of total dairy products and also the different types of individual dairy products. 

Here’s a list of things that the researchers ruled out for causing diabetes - 

    • Consumption of total dairy, total high fat or total low-fat dairy was not associated with new-onset diabetes once important factors like healthier lifestyles, education, obesity levels, other eating habits, and total calorie intake. 
    • Total milk and cheese intakes were also not linked with diabetes risk.
    • Individuals with the highest consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products like yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese were 24 % less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to non-consumers.

 When examined separately from the other low-fat fermented products yogurt was shown to have the following properties -

    • Yogurt which made up to 85%  of these products was associated with a  28% reduced risk of developing diabetes.
    • The risk reduction was observed among individuals who consumed an average of four and a half standard 125 g pots of yogurt per week.
    • Consuming yogurt as a substitute for fried snacks like potato chips also reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

According to researchers dairy products include beneficial constituents such as vitamin D, calcium and magnesium. At the same time, fermented dairy products may exert beneficial effects against diabetes through probiotic bacteria and also a special form of vitamin K associated with fermentation.  

While further studies are still being conducted, some of the results alone could point out that consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products specifically driven by yogurt consumption was indeed associated with a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The study was carried out by Dr. Nita Forouhi and a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge.

 Yoghurt can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases !!

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Eating yogurt can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases !!

According to a new study. Higher yogurt was associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.

A major cause of the cardiovascular disease risk factor was attributed to high blood pressure. This affected around one billion people worldwide which was one of the reasons to be the major cause of cardiovascular health problems. Higher dairy consumption has been also associated with beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease-related disorders like hypertension, type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.

A study analysis was conducted which included the records over 55000 women and 18000 men with high blood pressure. The individuals were told to fill out a questionnaire to report usual dietary intake in the preceding year and also had to report if they were diagnosed with any kind of problems during this period. Around 5448 cardiovascular disease cases were reported, which included myocardial infarction, stroke, and revascularization. 

The following results were established from the individuals who consumed yoghurt -

    • Higher intakes of yogurt were linked with a 30% reduction in risk of myocardial infarction among the men and a 19 % reduction of the same problem in men.
    • Higher yogurt intake in women was linked with a  16 % lower risk of undergoing revascularization.
    • In both the groups, individuals who consumed more than 2 servings a week of yogurt had an approximately 20 % lower risks of major coronary heart disease or stroke during the follow-up period.
    • When revascularization was added to the total cardiovascular disease outcome variable, the risk estimates decreased for men and women but remained significant.
    • Higher yogurt intake along with an overall healthy diet was linked to greater reductions in cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.

Researchers conclude by saying that yogurt consumption may either benefit heart health alone or as a  consistent part of a diet rich in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 

The study was carried out by a team of researchers was published by the Oxford University Press USA. 

A new yogurt can fight back stomach ulcer bacteria !!

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A new yogurt can fight back stomach ulcer bacteria !!

In a new study, a certain brand was capable of fighting off bacteria that caused stomach ulcers and gastritis and had the same effect as powerful as a vaccination. 

For a long time, researchers have known that yogurt, a fermented milk product containing live bacteria is actually a healthy source of calcium, protein and other nutrients. Some brands that were sold int eh market are made with probiotics (a certain kind of good bacteria) that are intended to improve health.

A type of bacteria called the H. pylori, or overuse of aspirin and even other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were responsible for most stomach ulcers. These so-called H. pylori ulcers can be effectively treated and eliminated with antibiotics and acid suppressants. But sadly not everybody can afford to buy these kinds of medications. 

A case of childhood H. pylori infections was also linked to malnutrition, growth impairment, and other health problems.  Another thing they found was that H.pylori seemed to rely on a protein called urease which they would attach to feed o and thus infect the stomach lining which was when researchers came up with the yogurt antibiotic solution.

Next, they carried out an experiment where they recruited 42 people who tested positive for H.pylori. The individuals consumed 2 cups of regularly of either plain yogurt or the yogurt containing the antibody for 4 weeks. The following results were obtained -

    • Levels of urea, a byproduct of urease decreased significantly in the antibody group when compared to a control group which indicated reduced bacterial activity.
    • And the suppression of H.pylori infections in humans could be achieved by drinking yogurt fortified with urease antibody.
    • The antibody was eventually destroyed by the stomach acids but not before it saved the day by helping destroy the bad bacteria.
    • While yogurt may seem a little less effective than antibiotics for reducing H.pylori infections, it is a lot easier to take than medicines. 
    • It can also be consumed daily as a part of a regular dietary routine.
    • The antibody does not even affect the yogurt’s overall taste and does not have any side-effects either.

However, researchers warned that anti-ulcer yogurt may not be for everyone. Some people may be allergic to milk or eggs and it would be wise for them to avoid consuming the product. Although the yogurt contained egg yolk, which is known to have lower allergen levels than egg white, the chances of an allergy are still very likely. 

The study was carried out by Hajime Hatta, Ph.D ., a chemist at Kyoto Women’s University in Kyoto Japan.